So first off we had the amazing Mont Sainte Anne World Cup from Canada. Sam Hill put in a performance to be remembered, winning by just over three seconds from the mighty Steve Peat in second. Massive congratulations have to go out to Aaron Gwin who scored his first ever podium, in fact better than that, he scored a top three. When was the last time that a US rider was top three? Rockwell? Tomac? Who knows. In fact it was a pretty big weekend for the USA all round, with none other than Shaun Palmer making a comeback to World Cup racing after 10 years! Coming in 75th is a pretty big achievement…I mean, what were you expecting?
Who knows what will happen with Palmer, there is talk of him racing a full World Cup season next year, a pro bike/frame with Intense…the list is endless. And lets not forget one of his other sponsors, Troy Lee Designs were showing off their all new D3 helmet. The official launch is not until Crankworx in mid August, but there are shots all over the place.
And now the overall is ridiculous. With two rounds to go Hill leads by a mere four points from Peat, with Minnaar 66 back on Hill, and Gee Atherton 108 back.
In the women’s Sabrina Jonnier again dominated, winning by almost four seconds from Ragot. Tracy Moseley was off the pace and is back in third in the overall. Jonnier leads by 267, which means that if she scores good points this coming weekend in Bromont then the title will be hers with one round left to go.
4X was pretty eventful, the ‘all-mountain’ track being a real test. Jared Graves took the win and the overall with two races left to go…which is pretty unbelievable. But it is a different story in the women’s, it is going to go down to the wire. It was Beerten’s weekend, but Jill Kintner lost valuable points when she fell in one of the final turns.
And the other stuff that was going on around the world? Well America’s Donny Robinson and New Zealand’s Sarah Walker are your new BMX World Champions (do a Google search for footage). And I know that this isn’t really Dirt territory, but I feel we have to mention the Tour de France. Sure they shave their legs and maybe, possibly, take performance enhancing drugs (joke), but they are on two wheels, right? Anyway, apart from old Contador smoking them, and Lance Armstrong doing the near impossible, we have to mention two British riders. Mark Cavendish is the best sprinter in the world and won an amazing six stages (can you imagine him down the first straight of a 4X track?). And Bradley Wiggins was so impressive coming in fourth overall. If you think they are a bunch of fairies, then think again, check out any of the Alpine descents or finish line sprints from this year’s tour…bonkers.
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